Tom judges Simon is not qualified to spot talent

Sir Tom Jones has taken a swipe at the X Factor’s Simon Cowell, saying he is not in a position to judge talent.

The 71-year-old Welsh crooner, a panellist on BBC1’s new music talent show The Voice, revealed he did not sign up until he knew his fellow judges were musicians too.

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He is joined by Jessie J, will.i.am and The Script’s Danny O’Donoghue as coaches on the series which is set to go head-to-head with Cowell’s other show Britain’s Got Talent when they launch on 24 March.

Sir Tom said he had never wanted to do talent shows like X Factor and American Idol because not all the judges could sing themselves and added: “How can this person, not mentioning any names, but how can he or she give singers advice if they’ve never gone through it themselves?”